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Sunday, October 11, 2009

Molotov Cocktails

As a first post for my blog I shall talk about one of the cheapest and most readily available weapons to make, the Molotov Cocktail.

The magic behind this weapon is that is can be made from a very wide variety of supplies. This weapon has been used by the military in World War 2 as an effective anti-tank incendiary device. I will cover the items needed to make the basic weapon plus the additives and upgrades available to make it even more potent.

The basic items needed to assemble the Molotov Cocktail are:
  • A container.
  • An open flame carrier.
  • A flammable liquid.
  • A means to seal the container and tie the open flame carrier.
The classic Molotov Cocktail consists of a wine bottle filled with gasoline. A piece of cloth is dipped in gasoline and tied to the bottle. The bottle is well sealed with the original cork or it can simply be taped shut. The cloth is ignited and the bottle is thrown.

As the exact items discussed above might not be available after a major global disaster, here is some items that can be substituted.

Container:
Anything that can hold a liquid and easy break on impact is good enough. Just get a case of 48 beer bottles and you have enough for a long time. Worst comes to worst, any contained that will unseal upon impact will work.

An Open Flame Carrier:
As the name implies, anything that catches on fire and stays on fire long enough for the bottle to break works. This should be the least of your worries.

A Flammable Liquid:
This is where you will discover that gasoline is not the only thing that burns. Things like paint thinner (turpentine), pure alcohol (not beer), perfume, oil, will all work fine.

A Means to Seal the Container and Tie the Open Flame Carrier:

This is another easy one, use you shoe laces, string, stands of grass, wires, come on it's impossible not to find something. My favorite thing that I stock a huge supply is duck tape! It can be used in virtually thousands of places.

Some modifications have also been done to Molotov Cocktails to make them more potent. The use of thickening agent (to make the liquid stick to its target) might include: motor oil, tar, flour, blood, pieces of plastic, etc. Anything that will thicken the liquid and make it smoke more will work.

That pretty much concludes contents of this weapon. It is an immortal concept because it can be assembled by anyone and with pretty much anything. It is certain that ever after a disaster these supplies will still be available. If you have anything to add please comment.

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